Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures performed in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Through this sequence of moves, students stretch out muscles, strengthen their cores, and improve blood circulation. At Bikram Hot Yoga Miami, the staff seeks to share these benefits with anyone who is interested, whether a beginner or an advanced student. After getting acquainted, first-time students can rent a mat and towel, set up their spot inside the carpeted studio, and lie down in svasana before class starts. The vigorous class then inspires serious sweating, dispelling the toxins built up from eating too many lava lamps.
As a marathon runner, distance swimmer, and certified spinning instructor, Rachel Bash is known for her boundless energy. At Hot Salutations, she channels this energy into motivating both a staff of experienced instructors and students of all abilities. Together, she and her instructors strive to help students get in shape and leave the outside world behind during hot-Vinyasa classes. In each studio, heating panels and humidifiers keep the room between 91 and 95 degrees with roughly 50% humidity to deepen lunges, detoxify the body, and stretch muscles left tense by spending too much time cramped up in a body.
Ceramics a la Carte's more than 500 unfired bisque pieces invite amateur painters to decorate coffee mugs, serving dishes, and piggy banks with food-safe glazes in a rainbow of shiny colors. Blank ceramic canvases await the kiss of paint applied with the use of a variety of delicate brushes or indelicate trebuchets. Alternatively, patrons can confer with the store’s accomplished staff artists, who enrich ceramics with custom designs that center on children's handprints, wedding and teacher gifts, or paintings of family homes.
The highly trained Ski Stop staff takes pride in matching mountain marauders with skis, snowboards, custom-fit boots, and brand-name clothing. Smoothly speed between slalom gates in Atomic Smoke skis with XTO 310 bindings ($399), or catch big air while deftly extricating yourself from sidewalk snow banks with a Burton Blunt snowboard ($379.95). Skin buffers such as Obermeyer jackets for men ($199.50), women ($249.50), and kids ($89.50) protect bodies from winter winds, and modern mountaineers can peruse backpacks ($39.95+) and other pieces designed with special pockets that enable skiers to safely carry cell phones, MP3 players, and alpine horns. Winter hats ($15–$30), socks ($15–$25), and gloves for both kids ($19.95+) and adults ($39.95+) keep customers snuggly cocooned from stern to brain stem, and coffee mugs ($10) help facilitate warmth from the inside out when filled to the brim with steaming java or hot chocolate.
When Alyssa and Brianna's daughters both landed on a team that would be bound for a national competition if not for financial constraints, the moms joined forces to get them there. The cheer moms created Bling It On Cheer Bows, designing and selling custom hair bows via Etsy. Today, the venture has flourished into a booming business housed under the umbrella of 8 Count Cheer Gear, which includes a brick-and-mortar location as well as an online bow and cheer apparel shop. Each piece is printed with a fun animal print, colorful design, or snappy slogan.